Hi all - Looking for explicit building instructions on how best to create a fully enclosed and predator-proof run from the space in the photos below. We are on a small suburban lot, so we're working with what we got!
We're not builders by trade, so I'm looking for answers to the following questions:
--What lumber materials do I use to fence in the existing side? Any photos of good examples?
--Where should I sink posts for the roof?
--Where should I attach the roof and new fencing to the existing fence/walls?
--How can I accommodate the grade?
--Do I need to frame the roof to give it proper structure if I use corrugated clear plastic?
The space is already enclosed on three sides by house and existing fencing, so I'm looking for thoughts on how build fencing on the open side where the carport is, and construct a full height roof to keep out the hawks and rain.
Thank you all in advance!!!
--Northern California with mild temperatures and a fair bit of rain. Lows in the mid forties on the coldest nights, and very few days above 75.
--8X10 space, already enclosed on 3.5 sides (a fence, a gated fence, the house, and the open carport)
--Slight grade downward toward the gate
--All flagstone in the pictures will be removed, great if we could repurpose them in some way
--Nosy old dog will also be relocated back to the couch where he belongs
--Needs to be fully covered due to hawks and rain, was thinking clear corrugated plastic over the entire run to allow for maximum sunlight
--Coop will be located in this space and is 4X5
--Minimal direct sunlight, though still bright
--Will eventually be closing in the carport to make a proper garage, but not anytime soon
--5 chooks total: 1 Easter Egger, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 SL Wyndotte, and one Australorp
--Will be allowed to free range only when supervised due to HEAVY predator issues in the neighborhood
--Red Tail Hawk central!
--Raccoons that are out during the day!!!
--No bears or snakes
Edited by lisasea - 12/13/16 at 11:00am